12-28-2011 01:17 PM
I just bought a X120e (0596CTO). It is mobile broadband upgradable, and so I searched the wireless accessories to find a suitable card. Both the GOBI 2000 and 3000 were listed as compatible. So naturally I bought the 3000 since its the newer version.
When I received the machine I did all of the Windows and Lenovo updates. Then I popped the back off and put the GOBI 3000 in there but when I booted up I got an unauthorized part error and that the startup was halted. So I went to the Lenovo driver website and manually downloaded the BIOS update utility and the GOBI 2000/3000 driver utility. The BIOS update said I had the latest BIOS and the GOBI utility didn't install because no wireless card was detected.
So I called tech support and they told me first off that the GOBI 3000 is not even listed only the 2000 (wrong!) and then he asks me "Are you sure this machine is broadband upgradable". Yes! It's listed as a perk right on the sales page. Plus where did he think I was shoving the card into (the RAM slot?) :-) I'm usually nice, but this guy was irritating since he was incredibly slow and essentially accusing me of having mindlessly buying incompatible devices.
When he says that there is nothing he can do for me, I tell him that I guess I'll exchange it, but that they should fix the sales webpage. He doesn't believe me! (because the PSREF website has it all listed differently). So I walk him through how it was that I came upon the GOBI 3000. But now I see that ONLY the GOBI 3000 shows up and that they don't even list the 2000 as a compatible card!
I'm not sure what's going on but I hope they come out with a BIOS update/firmware for the 3000 to work in the 120e.
If anyone has found a way around this please let us (me) know!
12-28-2011 09:38 PM - edited 12-28-2011 09:40 PM
You actually need to purchase a 3G MiniPCIe adaoter card with the correct Lenovo FRU. You cannot use a model from a Dell, Hewlett-Packard or other notebook computer. Here is a listing of 3G cards which are compatible with the X120e which I found in the X120e's Hardware Maintenance Manual [PDF]:
Integrated Mobile Broadband (Gobi 2000 3G with GPS) FRU # 60Y3183
Integrated Mobile Broadband for Malaysia SKU (Gobi 2000 3G with GPS) FRU # 60Y3259
Integrated Mobile Broadband for Russia SKU (Gobi 2000 3G with GPS) FRU # 60Y3245
Integrated China Mobile Mobile Broadband (Leadcore LC5370D) FRU # 60Y3225
Integrated China Telecom Mobile Broadband (Huawei EM660) FRU # 60Y3227
For more information, please see this earlier message thread. Hopefully, you'll be able to get that card exchanged and get the correct model for your X120e.
12-29-2011 09:52 AM
Thanks for your reply. I wasn't aware of where to find the whitelist. Like I said however, I'm not using a WWAN card from an unapproved manufacturer and the GOBI 3000 comes up as a compatible card in the Lenovo website (look under shop accessories).
So I would rather hold onto the 3000 instead of exchanging it for a 2000 for at least a week or two while I try a workaround or hopefully a BIOS patch is put out. As you mentioned yourself in a previous post the 3000 is UMTS - AWS ready and supports faster HSDPA speeds (which is a big bonus in my mind).
I have looked around and will try two different things tonight:
1) Apparently if you tap over pin 20 of the card, it bypasses the BIOS check, which may allow me to successfully instal the firmware and use the card (there is a GOBI 2000/3000 firmware that is compatible with the X120e off download drivers website at Lenovo)
2) If workaround 1 doesn't work, some people have attempted to hack the WWAN card and change PCI-ID. Not sure how to do this or if it possible with this card, but I'll keep you posted.
01-01-2012 10:01 AM - last edited on 01-02-2012 01:46 AM by yigit
I just wanted to let people know that I finally was able to get things working. I flashed a new BIOS with no whitelist in it so the 3000 card would not be blocked.
I have the 0596-CTO model of the x120e and I am running Windows 7.
I downloaded this file http://www.sendspace.com/file/mab6ut, which was linked to from this thread http://forums.mydigitallife.info/archive/index.php/t-20223-p-4.html?s=7487a153c35353027ed9b118cb7a00...
It looks a little bit scary, but the process is very easy. Just open the win flash application and select flash new BIOS (and the correct file is alreay loaded). And that's it!
I was able to install the firmware from the Lenovo website since this model has no optical drive for the CD they send with the card.
I am in the processess of choosing a provider. Hope that helps.
flashing un-official bios update will void your warranty. if you still want to use it, use it at your own risk.
01-01-2012 11:58 PM
I'm feeling a little stupid here, but I cannot seem to find the reference to the GOBI 3000 being a part for the ThinkPad X120e in the December 2011 - Version 411 release of the Personal Systems Reference manual. Can you point me to the correct page? Thanks!
01-02-2012 07:55 AM
1) Yes - I think its important that everyone understands that flashing a modified BIOS voids the warrenty and has the potential to fry the computer
2) Goretsky - that is exactly what tech support said when I called to say that the BIOS was blocking the GOBI 3000. He said that the 3000 was not in the PSRef. The reason I bought the 3000 is because when you search for "Accessories" in the lenovo website, and select "Wireless & Networking" you can find the compatible devices by putting your model number. Well, for my model (0596CTO) the GOBI 3000 is listed a compatible. When I first bought the laptop and WWAN card it listed both GOBI 2000 and 3000, but now it only lists the 3000.
When I wanted to buy the X120e, I did not even know of the existance of the PSRef or the BIOS whitelist. I just assumed that any WWAN card that fit the mini-PCI would work. Little did I know of all of this stuff.
As an update - I can confirm the card is working and I am getting mobile broadband.
01-02-2012 07:57 PM
Aha! I found it. I went to the Lenovo Shop page, entered "0596CTO" as the query string, got the list of Product Categories for device type "0596" and selected the Wireless & Networking (5) option. The first item that is listed is the ThinkPad GOBI 3000 Mobile Broadband 0A36185 3G card. That looks like there's a mistake in the online store; hopefully Lenovo will get that resolved soon and show the correct part.